Biosecurity Tips for Poultry Owners

Protect your flock
  • Don’t bring disease into your flock from another farm. Tip: avoid sharing equipment and change your clothes and boots after visiting another flock.
  • Isolate new birds and birds returning from events for a minimum of 30 days before putting them with your flock.
  • Keep wild birds away from your flock.
  • Store feed in closed bins.
Keep your birds healthy
  • Clean your flock’s waterers thoroughly every day. Tip: use an outdoor utility sink or hose to help prevent bringing bacteria into your kitchen.
  • Clean your flock’s feeders regularly.
  • Control pests such as rodents, flies and beetles.
  • Keep your flock’s bedding dry to help prevent the growth of bacteria and mold.
  • Disinfect your coop after you strip used bedding and before you lay down new bedding. Tip: disinfect your coop with a phenolic disinfectant (like Pine-Sol) solution after the coop is cleaned.
Your flock and your safety
  • Avoid touching birds to your face.
  • Always wash your hands before and after you interact with your hens! Salmonella, a bacteria that can make people sick, can spread from your hens and their eggs to you.
Get involved
  • Michigan State University (MSU) Extension has many hands-on opportunities for youth (5-19 yrs. old) to learn more about poultry through 4-H.
  • Contact your local MSU Extension office to find out about programs in your area. Visit 4h.msue.msu.edu to explore opportunities, msue.anr.msu.edu/county to find your county office or call 888-678-3464.
  • Sign-up for the MSU Extension Poultry Newsletter to get poultry-related news and events delivered right to your inbox. To subscribe, text “MSUE” to 22828 or visit msue.msu.edu and click on “Newsletter Sign-Up.”
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